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Dominic Hennig comes to the Flint Firebirds Hockey Club with eight years of hockey broadcasting experience. Most recently, Hennig was the radio play-by-play broadcaster for the Ferris State University NCAA Division I hockey program. Hennig was also the Assistant Director for Broadcast, Communications and Multimedia for the Ferris State Athletic Department.
Hennig will serve as the radio, audio streaming and video pay-per-view voice for the Flint Firebirds in their inaugural season in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
During his tenure at Ferris State, Hennig broadcasted two conference regular season titles in both the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). Hennig called Ferris State’s run to the NCAA National Championship game in 2012, giving him the opportunity to announce the pinnacle of college hockey.
Firebirds team president, Costa Papista, states: “We are very excited to have Dominic join our hockey and front office team. He has impressive credentials and a tremendous amount of passion and enthusiasm for our community minded hockey project here in Flint and Genesee County.”
In addition to broadcasting for Ferris State, Hennig can frequently be heard on Sirius XM’s NHL Network as the College Hockey Insider and was also the host and founder of “The Breakaway,” a weekly call-in hockey talk radio show throughout West Michigan.
Hennig played an integral role in the strategic marketing of Bulldog Hockey and Ferris State Athletics. He was a key member of a team that increased attendance for six consecutive seasons, leading to the expansion of the “Dawg Pound” student section after a 150% surge in season ticket sales in three years. Hennig developed a social media presence for Ferris State that has been consistently presented as a model by the NCAA, who deemed Hennig as an innovator of sports multimedia and video content.
“I want to thank Rolf [Nilsen] and Costa [Papista] for giving me the opportunity to become the Flint Firebirds radio broadcaster,” said Hennig. “I couldn’t be more excited to get started and cannot wait to become involved in the Flint and Genesee County community.”
Hennig is a native of Macomb, Mich., and a graduate of Ferris State University. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in business and public relations along with a minor in sports communications. Currently, Hennig is working towards a master’s of business administration (MBA).
The Ontario Hockey League (OHL) has more than 550, or 80% of its games televised every year through its broadcast partners Comcast 900/Xfinity, Rogers TV, TVCogeco, Eastlink, Shaw TV, Sportsnet and the NHL Network.
Recognized as a leader in television coverage, the OHL is the only hockey league outside the NHL that has its own live television subscription package. OHL fans in Ontario have the opportunity to add the “OHL Action Pak” to their television subscription to watch almost every OHL game on TV, home and away, throughout the season, similar to the NHL Center Ice and MLB Extra Innings TV packages. During the 2015-16 season, 63 of the 68 Flint Firebirds games had live television coverage. See the live television listings table below.
In the United States, the NHL Network simulcasts OHL games that are televised live nationally throughout Canada on Sportsnet. Select Flint Firebirds games are televised on a tape-delayed basis throughout Michigan and northern parts of Indiana and Ohio on channel 900 for Comcast Cable subscribers.